Five things you need to know: Glenavon v Dungannon Swifts
The one they all want - the Irish Cup.
Tuesday 27 April 2021 11:00
The road to Mourneview gets underway tonight with the first round of this season's Irish Cup.
This year's semi-finals and final are being played at Glenavon's home ground – and surely there's no bigger incentive for the Lurgan Blues to go all the way this year.
Standing in their way this evening are Dungannon Swifts, who Glenavon defeated 4-0 in their last meeting.
Here's five things you need to know about tonight's game.
Dungannon have won just one of the last six meetings between these clubs, with Glenavon winning four and just one draw over that period.
Glenavon lost one of their last nine games, while the Swifts have won just one of their last 19. In fact, they have taken one point out of their last eight games.
Danny Purkis is Glenavon's top scorer currently on 11 goals, one ahead of Matthew Fitzpatrick. Dougie Wilson and Rhyss Campbell are joint top of the scoring charts for the Swifts with four apiece.
These sides have only met four times in the Irish Cup. The first cup game in 2004 went to a replay which Glenavon won, then in 2018 Glenavon ran out 3-0 winners. However, in 2019, the Swifts ran out 1-0 victors.
Dungannon Swifts have scored just 18 goals in the league this season – 10 fewer than 11th placed Carrick Rangers.